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Christchurch Traveler’s Notebook Mini Album | Diane Williams


Hello everyone! I’ve just come back from a quick weekend away and I wanted to create a little mini album while the memories were still fresh in my mind. Christchurch is known as the “Garden City” in New Zealand, so all the floral elements and bright colours of Whimsical were perfect for this mini album.


A Traveller’s Notebook insert is one of my favourite ways to create mini albums because they are so simple to make and easy to customise to your own style. To create mine, I chose three papers from the 12×12 paper pad so that every alternating page in my notebook would be white. I do love a bit of white space! I trimmed all three papers down to 8.25 inches high and 8.5 inches wide. I then folded them all in half to be 4.25 x 8.5 inches and the used my sewing machine to stitch them down the middle. If you don’t have a sewing machine, you could use hand stitching or staples.


On my first page, I created a pocket to hide my journaling by using one of the off cuts of my paper. I only glued three sides and left the remaining side open so I could slip a tag in there with my journaling on it. The rest of the page is kept simple with a few floral die cuts and some enamel hearts around my photos.



My second page has a large panoramic photo along the bottom and a smaller detail photo on top. I added a few cloud stickers to emphasise the feeling of airiness and then added some small foam Thickers for my title. The pale pink color didn’t have enough contrast for my page, so I used a permanent marker to color them in! So easy to customise your alphas for each page!



I love hidden journaling so I created a flap from one of my photos to hide the journaling underneath. A full-page photo embellished by some more floral die cuts, simply balances out the page.



Because of the contrast of having a solid colour with my photos on one side and plain white on the other of this spread, it needed a little something to balance it out. I created a border of flowers on one side of the white page by layering die cuts and stickers before adding my brightly colored title. Where the alphas overlapped the florals, I made sure to use a lighter colored letter to increase the contrast and make sure the title was still easily read.



For my last page, I used the same trick of coloring my alphas with permanent marker to add contrast and help balance out the darker photos. I used a couple more off cuts of paper to create a background for my photo before adding two groupings of phrase stickers. Sometimes those phrase stickers say everything that is in your heart, without you have to say it! By adding them to the edge of your page and trimming off any excess, you add a lot of visual interest.


Here is a quick process video for how I put together my notebook and a few techniques I used to fill the pages.

Thank you so much for stopping by today, I do hope you’ll give making your own Traveler’s Notebook a go!


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4 Responses to "Christchurch Traveler’s Notebook Mini Album | Diane Williams"

  • Nicole
    February 21, 2019 - 8:26 am

    Hi Diane. I love mini albums and hidden journaling as well. I love how this TN turned out. Thank you for sharing!

    • Diane Williams
      February 23, 2019 - 4:25 pm

      Thank you so much!

  • Lisa
    February 21, 2019 - 9:11 pm

    Cool ideas!

    • Diane Williams
      February 23, 2019 - 4:26 pm

      Thank you!